To compare opinion of surgical inpatients with the conclusions of the report of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics regarding the ownership and uses of human tissue.
Design-Survey of results of questionnaires completed by patients.
Subjects-384 postoperative adult surgical patients.
There was strong support among patients for the use of tissues in medical education, research, and science with the exception of those tisssues which may transmit disease to others.
Few patients (39 ; 10%) believed that they retained ownership of tissue removed at surgery.
Most believed that the tissue belonged to the hospital (103 ; 27%), to nobody (103 ; 27%), or to the laboratory (77 ; 20%). Most patients had not been given any information about the possible uses of their tissues after removal.
Conclusions-Surgical inpatients seem to endorse the conclusions of the Nuffield report regarding the ownership and uses of human tissue.
The recommendations regarding patient information and consent procedures should be implemented at the earliest opportunity.
Mots-clés Pascal : Utilisation, Tissu, Homme, Ethique, Opinion Questionnaire, Postopératoire, Malade, Consentement éclairé, Enquête
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Use, Tissue, Human, Ethics, Opinion Questionnaire, Postoperative, Patient, Informed consent, Survey
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0062719
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 21/05/1997.